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If luxury is the name and hotels are the game, then there's no bigger player in South Beach than Gansevoort South.

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Chic, streamlined furniture situated against a chalkboard wall covered with drawings complements the homey yet sophisticated food. The French brasserie offers hearty fare from executive chef Michael David, such as Soupe a l'oignon Gratinee ($9), Steak Frites ($28) or Crispy Skate Grenobloise ($25), and homemade ice cream or sorbet ($8) to finish off the meal. From the bar, patrons can select one of 20 wines by the glass or order handcrafted cocktails such as the Penicillin, a combination of scotch, ginger, lemon and honey ($14).

Comme ça, 8479 Melrose Avenue; 323-782-1104. Open Sunday-Thursday, 5-11 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, 5 p.m.-12 a.m.

— Diana Ryu


State of the Art

NEW YORK — Its name may suggest otherwise, but the New Museum isn't new at all.

The institution honors its 30th anniversary this year with freshly constructed digs on the Bowery that have set the fashion and art worlds abuzz. To celebrate the opening of the seven-story building, which looks like a stack of white gift boxes on top of one another, Calvin Klein threw a star-studded bash.

The avant-garde structure was designed by Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, and boasts four galleries brimming with contemporary art by the likes of Nancy Spero and Eva Rothschild, several classrooms where they plan to hold various art courses for the public and a 182-seat basement theater. Currently on display is "Unmonumental: The Object in the 21st Century," a collection of sculptures and installations made from recycled materials.

The New Museum, 235 Bowery; 212-219-1222. Open Wednesday, 12-6 p.m.; Thursday-Friday, 12-10 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, 12-6 p.m.

— Amanda FitzSimons


Hot Time

LAS VEGAS — Diablo's Cantina aims to spice up a night in Las Vegas with more than 75 varieties of tequila, 10 large plasma TVs and walls covered in one-of-a-kind hand-painted murals.

One of the few restaurants on The Strip with street access, this new addition to the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino boasts live music, a staff of dancing senoritas and open-air dining.
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